Dr. James Loeffler

Dr. James Loeffler is Assistant Professor of History and Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia and author of The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire (Yale U. Press, 2010).

Articles by Dr. James Loeffler

How “Hatikvah” (The Hope) Became Israel’s National Anthem

The surprising history of one of modern Judaism's most important songs.

The Nigun

A mystical musical prayer introduced by Hasidic Judaism.

Hava Nagila’s Long, Strange Trip

The unlikely history of a Hasidic melody.